Golden Lama

Today I would like to send out a very special Travis Hellstrom Inner Peace Award to the Dalai Lama of Tibet for being of my favorite people ever and for being an inspiration to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world. Truth be told the Dalai Lama is my inspiration for the Inner Peace Award and every time I have given it, I have thought of him.

What has inspired me to give him the award on my birthday this year is that I just found out the Dalai Lama received the Congressional Gold Medal, our nation's highest civilian honor. It was commissioned by the Congress in late 2006, then designed and struck by the U.S. Mint in early 2007 and awarded to the Dalai Lama in late 2007.

I am very excited for the Dalai Lama and proud that our nation has publicly recognized and shown appreciation for his continuing efforts for world peace. In fact, I think I might just have to order some bronze copies of this medal myself. Let me know if you want one too!